"What characteristics do we want to cultivate in our students so that they can be prepared for life after middle school?"
This was a key question I posed to our staff two years ago in the spring, as we looked toward defining our priorities for the next school year. Over the course of several weeks, we identified three personal characteristics we wanted our graduates to demonstrate: organization, resilience, and self-advocacy. These three have become our Graduate Profile Traits. At Crittenden, we engage students in daily practices to reinforce the Traits and we prepare special events throughout the year to help students reflect on their own personal development.
Families, we urge you to talk with your children about these ideas. In sixth grade, the emphasis is on organization; in seventh it is resilience; in eighth it is self-advocacy (my personal favorite). Model the Traits whenever possible, give your children chances to practice them, and make sure to praise to praise your children when they demonstrate good organization, resilience in the face of obstacles, and the willingness to speak up for themselves. Let's work together to prepare our students for the world ahead.
As always, I welcome your comments and feedback. Have a wonderful weekend!
Important safety reminder
On the morning of August 27, there was a minor accident involving a student and a car on the corner of Middlefield and Sierra Vista. Thankfully, the student is ok. We will be making adjustments to our supervision plan and improving signage to reduce the likelihood of further accidents.
Families, please consistently remind your children to stay safe when walking or biking to and from school. Here are a few basics to remember:
- Always stop at an intersection (regardless of whether the light is red or green) and look both ways multiple times before crossing when the light is green.
- When biking or skateboarding, ride on the right side of the street and always wear a helmet.
- Always walk your bike/skateboard when you get onto campus. Our paths were designed for pedestrians only.
Click here for the City of Mountain View suggested safe routes to school.
Picture Day: Friday August 29
By now you should have received picture order forms. Please fill out the forms, enclose payment, and have your student bring it back to school on Friday. Contact our secretary, Ms. Carol (email@example.com) with any questions.
No school on Labor Day: September 1
Enjoy the long weekend!
Library opens on September 2
The library will be open to students starting Tuesday, September 2. Each school day, the library will be open from 7:30 to 3:30, at break, and at lunch for students to read, browse, check out books, use the internet, do their assignments, etc. Contact our librarian, Mrs. Colcord (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Change in GPA calculation
To align with MVWSD policy and the policy of the MVLA high school district, we will be calculating students' grade point average differently from now on. Pluses and minuses will still show up in student grades, but they will no longer be counted into the GPA. For example, B+, B, and B- will all count as a '3'. The cutoffs for honor rolls remain unchanged. Past GPAs will not be affected. We will be sending a letter home to families next week. Contact Mr. Chang (email@example.com) with any questions.
PowerSchool information to go home Friday
On Friday, we will be sending PowerSchool information, which includes your students' login information and instructions on how to set up a Parent Portal. We will be offering a PowerSchool workshop for sixth grade families on September 16 at 6:00 p.m. and for seventh and eighth grade parents at 7:30 p.m. Room TBD. We strongly urge all new parents to attend. Interpretation will be available.
Seeking a parent volunteer for MOUSE Squad
The Crittenden MOUSE Squad, our resident student technology club, is looking for one or more parent volunteers to lead the club for the 2014-15 school year. In the past, MOUSE Squad has met on Wednesday mornings from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m., but the time is flexible. Please reach out to Mr. Noriega (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like more information or to volunteer.
Updating contact information
Families, by now you know how important email and other online contact is at Crittenden. This year, our progress reports and report cards will be emailed home. Please make sure that your email address is updated in our records. Each week you should be receiving an email reminder to check the Panther Blog on Wednesday or Thursday. If you do not get this email, chances are we need to update your info! If you think your info is outdated/incorrect, call our office at (650) 903-6945.
Destination Imagination still needs more help!
We are searching for one or two more parents or community volunteers to coordinate our DI teams this year. We would hate to lose the program for the year, but this is a very real possibility if we don't find someone to coordinate! Events are coming up very quickly, so we need someone to step up ASAP. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Crittenden athletics are up and running! We are starting the year off with Volleyball, Cross Country, and our first year of Softball. Over 130 student athletes came out to tryouts on the first day. We are looking forward to a spectacular fall sports season and hope to see everyone at our home games. Go Panthers!
Child Nutrition - http://mvwsd.org/parent-page/child-nutrition
Please remember to submit your annual child nutrition application online for free or reduced price meals. Refer to the attached flyer for pertinent information.
Transportation - http://mvwsd.org/parent-page/transportation
All students riding the MVWSD school bus require a bus pass or bus ticket to board. Applications and fees submitted to the District Office will be processed and mailed out weekly on Friday afternoons. Individual one-way bus tickets can be purchased at any MVWSD elementary school office for $2.50 each. A Bus Pass needs to be shown or a Bus Ticket provided to the bus driver every time a student enters the bus.
Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House
Do you like working with kids? Thinking about how you can make a difference in the life of a student in our community? Mentor Tutor Connection (formerly Partners for New Generations) , a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, urgently needs high school mentors and K- 8 tutors for students in Los Altos and Mountain View schools. Come hear about how you can support youth in our community. Bring a friend!
Date: Wednesday, September 10
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunch included)
Location: MVLA District Office Board Room
1299 Bryant Avenue, Mountain View
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